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We study how ecosystem perturbations driven by disease outbreaks, climate change, and storms alter the structure of coastal marine communities.

Lab News:

7 June 2023

"Seaweed Farming: Assessment on the Potential of Sustainable Upscaling for Climate, Communities and the Planet" Check out our new UN Environment Programme report here.

20 August 2021

"Embrace kelp forests in the coming decade." Check out our new article in Science Magazine here.
12 April 2021

Dr. Feehan discusses kelp forest blue carbon for the Scientific American 60-Second Science podcast. Learn about interest in applying what we know about natural kelp forest carbon sinks to new tech for climate change mitigation here.

16 March 2021

Dr. Feehan speaks with @bberwyn about the important topics of kelp forests and climate change for an Inside Climate News article. "Marine heatwaves have devastated kelp forests." Check out the article here.

10 August 2020

New article in Scientific Reports: "Marine heatwaves and the collapse of marginal North Atlantic kelp forests." See press release here.

20 November 2019

New article led by Feehan Lab MSc student Julia Kobelt is out in Estuaries and Coasts: Special Issue on 2017 Hurricanes: "Localized impacts of Hurricane Irma on Diadema antillarum and coral reef community structure"

27 August 2019

New article in Nature Climate Change: "Enhanced oceanic CO2 uptake along the rapidly changing West Antarctic Peninsula" See press release here.

14 May 2019

New article in Scientific Reports: "Ecological feedbacks stabilize a turf-dominated ecosystem at the southern extent of kelp forests in the Northwest Atlantic" See NPR interview with collaborator Dr. Sean Grace here.

18 March 2019

Feehan Lab member Christian Bojorquez was awarded a prestigious Wehner Student Research Program award to fund her MS research examining the effects of global climate change on sea urchin larvae.

15 March 2019

New article in Coral Reefs: "Larval influx of Diadema antillarum to the Florida Keys linked to passage of a Tortugas Eddy" doi:10.1007/s00338-019-01786-9

25 August 2018

Dr. Feehan traveled to Kristiansand, Norway for collaborative research with @kilbeek and @twernberg on the
@NBFNetwork kelp litter bag experiment.

15 August 2018

New article in Scientific Reports: "Synergistic negative effects of thermal stress and altered food resources on echinoid larvae" doi:10.1038/s41598-018-30572-w

20 April 2018
Dr. Feehan was awarded a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Scientific Research Disaster Recovery Grant for research on the health and resiliency of Florida’s coral reef ecosystem following Hurricane Irma.

27 October 2017

New article in Limnology and Oceanography: "Kelp detritus provides high-quality food for sea urchin larvae" doi:10.1002/lno.10740

17 October 2017
The Feehan Lab is recruiting graduate students for Fall 2018. Interested in joining us? Attend the Montclair State University Graduate Open House event on Sunday, October 22, 2017, or email Dr. Feehan.
20 August 2017

We are pleased to announce that Julia Kobelt will be joining the lab as an MS in Ecology and Evolution student this fall!

1 July 2017

Dr. Feehan was awarded a collaborative Florida State Wildlife Grant with Bill Sharp (FWC): "Promoting the health and resiliency of Florida’s coral reef ecosystem: Enhancing herbivory by restoring long-spined urchin (Diadema antillarum) habitat".

Mailing address:

Dr. Colette Feehan

Department of Biology

College of Science and Mathematics

Montclair State University

1 Normal Ave

Montclair, New Jersey

USA 07043

Email contact:

feehanc [at] montclair [dot] edu



Community Ecology and Disease in the Ocean

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